Real Madrid v Barcelona Tips | 25th October 2014

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THE biggest game in European football takes place this Saturday so it would be rude of Mark O’Haire (@MarkOHaire) not to take a look at the best bet from El Clasico.

Real Madrid v Barcelona | Saturday 17.00 | Sky Sports 5

The first Clasico of the season is upon us and the latest edition of the historic fixture promises to be even bigger and better than ever before, despite doubts of Gareth Bale’s involvement for Real Madrid.

Barcelona could hand a debut to Luis Suarez with his four-month ban for chomping on Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup over, forming an incredibly exciting front three of Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar. Whilst anyone who watched Real Madrid’s dismantling of Liverpool on Wednesday night will know how deadly the Champions League winners are looking right now.

The Catalans have assumed La Liga title favouritism having started the new domestic season with a bang under the guidance of Luis Enrique – seven wins, one draw and without leaking a goal in their first eight league matches. But the visitors are 2/1 (Bet365) outsiders to come away from the Spanish capital with all three points.

Coral have made Real 7/5 to claim the win that would claw them back to within a point of their bitter rivals in the league table and it’s hard to argue or find an angle with those quotes. So let’s look elsewhere for our best Clasico bet.

One thing these two teams promise when they go head-to-head is goals. So looking back over previous meetings we can see they’ve clashed 15 times since their Champions League showdowns in 2011. All 15 have seen Both Teams Score and only 1/15 hasn’t seen Over 2.5 Goals. Now, both of those selections are too short to consider.

But what I did notice was, 12/15 (80%) of those games featured either 3 or 4 goals. So rather than risk taking Over 2.5 Goals (8/15 BetVictor) or Over 3.5 Goals (11/8 BetVictor) at relatively short prices, we can more or less cover both angles by backing 3-4 Total Goals to be scored at 6/5 with Sportingbet.

It’s odds-against and means only a 1-1 draw or anything like a 3-2 win to either side and upwards could spoil the Clasico party for us punters. I can’t wait for the game to come around and I’m tucking in. Thanks Sportingbet!

Best Bets

Real Madrid v Barcelona – 3-4 Goals To Be Scored (6/5 Sportingbet)

Meanwhile, Paddy Power are marking the match by offering a special risk-free price boost to new customers. With Both Teams To Score banking in the last 16 meetings, new customers can get a risk-free 4/1 on both teams scoring, as opposed to the normal 2/5 odds.

New Customer Offer

Real Madrid v Barcelona – 4/1 Both Teams To Score (Paddy Power)

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After starting his career in newspaper journalism, Mark soon found his way into the online betting world, forging a career in content, social media and marketing production. With a huge passion for stats, the Football League and European football, Mark’s other interests include playing rugby, following his beloved QPR and travel.

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